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Whitecaps look to break winless streak :: yes this is about soccer

Martin Nash gets ready to kick

With the European leagues starting their seasons, the Vancouver Whitecaps are heading into the tail end of their season with their last four games all of which are at home. Tonight they’re up against the Charleston Battery at Swangard and looking to break a 13 game winless streak. Of course the official Whitecaps site is pretty positive about the situation [wc], but it’s hard to tell why since none of the news articles are loading.

Hopefully the team can tighten up at the back and add a few more goals today, thus beating Vancouver’s long time rival Charleston. Okay, so it’s hard to get a civic rivarly stoked against Charleston compared with say Seattle but a win is a win and its especially important when the team is mid-table [usl] and looking to improve its standing before the season’s close.

Also note that the game today was moved from tomorrow, so even though your tickets say August 26th, it’s actually today. Don’t let this change screw you up like it did me who left his ticket at home because lied to him and told him the game was tomorrow.

Beckham’s back playing, so he should be in Vancouver

At the risk of turning this into the Vancouver Football (Soccer) Blog I should note that David Beckham is back to playing football after a long period injuried following his transfer from Real Madrid to the LA Galaxy. What’s that got to do with Vancouver you ask? Well the LA Galaxy will be playing a demonstration game, a friendly game, at BC Place on October 3rd against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

We’ve mentioned it before, as recently as yesterday, but it’s worth pointing out again. That and the fact that it seems Beckham’s returning to full health means that he’s more likely to feature in the game as opposed to being saved for regular season Galaxy games and his English national team matches. Plus if you’re like me and paying to see him play it would be nice to be seeing him at his prime.
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How Toronto FC can bring the MLS to Vancouver


Oh Canada!

Originally uploaded by kompot.photo.

With the attendance success of the newly formed Major League Soccer franchise Toronto FC, which received a very nice write up in the Guardian today [lg], the question is what does this mean for Canada’s other major soccer loving cities. With Vancouver proving during the recent Under-20 World Cup that it can transform Swangard into a major soccer centre, with temporary rafters vastly increasing the capacity beyond the standard Whitecaps seating, we should at least be on the radar for the league.

The Toronto FC has proven that the multi-cultural makeup of major Canadian cities, including Montreal and Vancouver, is such that a “minority” sport can still get the sort of support that the more established national past-times do. Sure the FC aren’t about to start outselling the Leafs, but their 20,000 seat stadium has been sold out for every game and that looks like it’s going to be the case next year too despite a fairly crap year on the field.

With the Whitecaps moving to a new modern, and larger, stadium downtown [vwc] the question is will that help the MLS decide that Vancouver is ripe for expansion? We’re already on the list [wp]. The other question is what will that mean for the Whitecaps, since it’s not likely that Vancouver can support two professional soccer teams.

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Whitecaps scrap a win against Minnesota


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Originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.

I’ve missed the last few Whitecaps game since I’ve been away in Europe for a month and last night’s match was a good game to return to. A beautiful evening weather-wise, despite the grey morning, and a hard fought win by the Whitecaps. What more could you want?

Granted after spoiling myself with a Real Madrid match at the Santiago Bernabéu [jks] it was a bit of an adjustment to the slower pace and smaller crowds of the action at Swangard, but a night watching the Whitecaps is still one of the best sporting choices in Vancouver.

The Whitecaps controlled most of the game, but were unable to slip one past Minnesota’s goalkeeper until Tony Donatelli scored late in the second half. A second goal would have put the game beyond Minnesota but the visiting team never really looked like scoring. Full details on the game can be found on the Whitecaps website [wfc].

Not everyone wants the Canucks to stay in the playoffs

Whitecaps

The CBC and other media outlets have been picking up the story of how local bars, restaurants and pretty much every business with a television and cable is seeing an increase in business thanks to the Canucks playoff run. The Province is reporting business is up over 23% during the Canucks playoff games [vp]. From The Province:

Ian Tostenson, president and CEO of the B.C. Restaurant and Foodservices Association, said fans’ hunger for playoff hockey is only matched by their hunger for munchies.

“The Vancouver Canucks not only drive our hearts, but they are also driving the wallet of the consumer, and that is great for our industry,” he said. “We thank the Canucks for their commitment, because their success is directly linked to the incremental success of the restaurant industry.”

Which is good for the food service industry but not really for other forms of entertainment. The Vancouver Whitecaps home opener fell on the same night as a Canucks game and Swangard Stadium was far emptier than usual. Movie theatres nearly always see a downturn in business during playoff runs as well. Though nobody is going to come out and say it, a lot of businesses probably would not mind if the Canucks got dumped out of the playoffs in the second round.

Anyone willing to brave the scorn of the internet and come out against the Canucks? Do so in the comments and I’ll give you a no-prize.

Whitecaps draw against California

What a difference not having to compete with a Canucks game makes for crowd turnout. Swangard was more crowded than usual for the Whitecaps second home game of the season, this time against the California Victory.

The game was a close one, with the Whitecaps managing to come from behind to tie the game in the last quarter. They were able to apply most of the pressure during the second half of the game, but weren’t able to end the deadlock despite a few golden chances. They’re currently sitting second in the table tied withe The Montréal Impact. More details on the game are on their site [vwc]. I’ve got to pack.

Whitecaps season starts tomorrow

More sun in the eyes

The Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club’s [wfc] season starts tomorrow with a home game against their regional rivals the Seattle Sounders. I for one am always glad to see Vancouver put one over Seattle, and to do it at the geat sport of football (soccer) is always exciting. The Whitecaps had a great year last year winning the United Soccer League First Division title last year and are looking for a solid defense of that.

If you’ve never been to a Whitecaps game but enjoy watching European or Latin football on the television then it’s well worth checking out the Whitecaps. A game is about twice the cost of a movie, but well less than the Canucks or even the Lions. Seaon tickets are fairly cheap, and you get a free ticket into the planned game in October against David Beckham and the LA Galaxy [mbv].

So remember hockey’s not the only game in town, and the Whitecaps are excellent entertainment for the money.

Beckham coming to Vancouver


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Originally uploaded by deesarus.

The most famous name in soccer ball, otherwise known as football, will be coming to Vancouver in October. Thank the Vancouver Whitecaps for the media circus that will land in Vancouver like a dark tornado in Vancouver because by setting up an October third friendly match with the Los Angeles Galaxy who are the David Beckham’s new team. Details are on the Whitecaps official site [wcfc].

The game is being played at BC Place Stadium, to accommodate the fact that this will sell more tickets than the usual Whitecaps versus Seattle Sounders match, and tickets are included in Whitecaps season ticket packages. Thankfully that includes me. Want to get in on David Beckham and his Golden Balls arriving in Vancouver? Visit the Whitecaps site and take a look.

From the official site:

“We are thrilled to bring such a highly anticipated event to Vancouver this year,” said Lenarduzzi. “The Galaxy boasts a star-studded roster which includes David Beckham – one of the most recognizable celebrities in the world. The match against the Galaxy will be the culmination of an amazing year of soccer in British Columbia, including the Whitecaps defence of both the men’s and women’s USL titles, and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in host cities Burnaby and Victoria.”

Whitecaps season tickets going fast


White Caps seating

Originally uploaded by Jeffery Simpson.

Today I renewed my season tickets for the Vancouver Whitecaps [vwc]. I’ve had ticket packs for the Canucks in previous years, but I’ve always found that pound for pound the Whitecaps are by far the best bang for the buck in terms of local sports. Oh sure a good case could be made for the Giants or the Baseballs, but I really enjoyed last season and am looking forward for the new one.

The season tickets run from $199 – $450 depending on where you’re sitting, with discounts for children and seniors. Last year I bought a bronze seat, but this year I stumped up the extra cash for silver seating. Though even the bronze seats give a good view of the field, since Swangard is so small. The only tickets that I probably wouldn’t buy is for the Southside, which is a traditional type of standing and watching football excercise as though you’re on the terraces of Anfield or Highbury. Still standing for a entire football game isn’t quite what I’m looking for.

If you like soccer/football or even played it in your youth, then I’d definitly check out at least one Whitecaps game this season. It’s good soccer (football) and as a die-hard English Premier League follower I’m surprised to say that.

The MLS Does Exist

whitecapsbecks.jpgLast night on SNL during Weekend Update they stated the fact that Beckham has joined the LA Galaxy, “which does in fact exist”.

Yes, there is major league soccer [MLS] in the United States and just a little while ago, it made its way to Canada with the inclusion of Toronto FC. It joins other teams in the league such as Kansas City, New England and yes, the LA Galaxy – just to name a few.

Our local soccer club, the Vancouver Whitecaps, is a part of the USL and we won the championship a couple months back [MBV]. With that in mind, there’s talk of an MLS game being played here in Vancouver in the not-so-distant future.

“The fact that there is an MLS team in Toronto means he will be visiting Canada,” [Bob] Lenarduzzi said. “I think, in general, it’s good for the game in Canada. I think it’s going to benefit the game just by the exposure that the Beckham signing has generated. There’s going to be a build-up to when he arrives in July and his first game will generate a huge stir.” [EdmontonSun]

I actually caught a DC United vs Real Madrid exhibition game in Seattle last summer [Ms604] so the idea of MLS coming to Vancouver for such an event isn’t too much of a stretch. I’m just wondering if we’re going to have a nice fancy new stadium anytime soon [MBV]. Would moving the Whitecaps to the MLS be the next step?

“Our first commitment is to the USL, in particular because we have some solid ownership and a real core that want to take the game to the next level,” Lenarduzzi said.

“Having said that, we want to be playing in the best league in North America within five to 10 years.” [EdmontonSun]

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